Wetherby – Pateley Bridge, Thursday 16th February 2023, 61 miles

Wheelers: Graham, Steve W, Phil, Mike, Tim, Glyn and myself set off at 9:30 from Wetherby for a ride to Pateley Bridge.

Out along the Knaresborough Road to Little Ribston and Knaresborough then on through Farnham, Burton Leonard and Markington to G&T’s Ice Cream Parlour in Risplith for coffee and cake (where I foolishly chose the ‘Treat of the day, Biscoff stuffed cookie cup’ – sugar x10!) After it was west along the B6265 until a turn right just after Fell Beck onto a nameless but peaceful, and despite the looming mist, very enjoyable straight road that ended at Old Church Lane where we looked across the moors in the direction of Lofthouse and Trapping Hill (but very much out of sight) and for a while considered Geoff Morgan’s particular passion for this area.

Whichever way you’re going Old Church Lane is steep, but thank the Lord we weren’t ascending today but descending to Pateley Bridge for lunch. The Willow cafe is tucked away on a little back street. Here we made ourselves comfortable, possibly too comfortable for a couple of ‘dainty’ elderly women – who possibly left in a huff! Anyway, we enjoyed our grub and conversation then left, to tackle the inevitable climb out of Pateley.

First on the B6165 then left onto Brimham Rocks road to climb a few of the steeper miles of the 170 miles coast to coast route: The Way of the Roses.

At the top, it was left to pass by Brimham Rocks then right into the curiously named Careless House Lane for a long, swift and wind-assisted descent to Ripley, back roads to Scotton and Knaresborough and finally retracing our route to Wetherby.

The weather behaved, we didn’t freeze or get wet and despite mucky roads, everyone stayed upright. All on good form. We had a grand day.

Sorry, no photos.

Greg